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In case you missed this week’s Town Hall

Thanks to all who joined the August 5th Town Hall. Be sure to look out for weekly invitations to upcoming Town Hall meetings. You can register now here for next week’s Town Hall on August 12. As always, feel free to share with your network.

We have included the Town Hall recording below as well as each of the previous weekly Town Halls.

August 5 Town Hall featuring:

– Urban ministry legend Ray Bakke

-Johnny Hughes from Indian Ministries Leadership Foundations


PREVIOUS TOWN HALLS:

July 29 Town Hall featuring:

-Dan Cardinali on “Trust In Civil Society”

-Ben Sand from The Contingent in Portland, OR

July 22 Town Hall featuring:

-Pastor Tyrone Stevenson, Senior Pastor at Hope City Church in Brooklyn, NY

-Sam Rajshekhar, Director of the YuvaLok Leadership Foundation in Bangalore, India 

July 15 Town Hall featuring:

Rev. Adam Taylor, Executive Director of  Sojourners

-Bobby Arias and Blinky Rodriguez from Champions In Services of San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles on the work they are doing for their city

July 8 Town Hall:

-Pancho Argüelles, Executive Director of  Living Hope Wheelchair Association shared his work and thoughts on community and intentional solidarity.

-Joel Furrow from leads The Root Cellar, Leadership Foundation of Lewiston joined us from Maine to talk about the great work they are doing to meet the needs of their city.

July 24 Town Hall featuring:

-Dave Hillis and Cornelius Williams in conversation about authentic community

-Stephanie Summers, CEO of The Center for Public Justice.

-Wil McCall, President of Dallas Leadership Foundation

-Eric Geary sharing updated data about the activation of our network to respond to the needs of their cities

June 17 Town Hall featuring:

-Anne Snyder , Editor in Chief of Comment Magazine in conversation with co-hosts Cornelius Williams and Dave Hillis

-De la Harpe le Roux from Towers of Hope Leadership Foundation on the work they are doing in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

June 10 Town Hall featuring:

-Tod Bolsinger from Fuller Theological Seminary on resilient leadership during crisis

-Torrey Bates, Executive Director of For The Kingdom Camp out of Memphis Leadership Foundation on the work he and his team have done to serve 1,000 meals per week.

Resources Shared:

-Tod’s E-Book: Leadership For A Time Of Pandemic

-Leadership Foundations blog post by Dave Hillis: What Can We Do Together?

-Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation Statement: What We Have In Common

Independent Sector: PPP Reform Bill details​

Whitworth Ministry Summit

June 3 Town Hall featuring:

-Ambassador Tony Hall on hunger and food justice

-Mario Matos sharing the work Singergia Leadership Foundaiton is doing in Santo Domingo

-David Hawn of Urban Ventures with an update from Minneapolis

May 27 Town Hall featuring:

-Maria Orozco from The Bridgespan Group diving into strategies and tactics to help with nonprofit scenario planning efforts

-Lee Kricher from Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation sharing the work they are doing to feed the vulnerable.

-Cornelius William from Resurgence: The Leadership Foundation of Atlanta shared an appreciation for partner Whitworth University on behalf of the LF network.


Click here to view the recording. Make sure to check out “Making Sense of Uncertainty: Nonprofit Scenario Planning in the COVID-19 Pandemic” from Bridgespan and the Scenario Planning Tool Maria shared.

May 20 Town Hall featuring:

-Jon Eisele from Deloitte LLP on strategic planning

-Chris Martin from Knoxville Leadership Foundation on the incredible work being done in Tennessee.

-Eric Geary with an energizing update on the LF COVID-19 Activation Fund

May 13 Town Hall featuring:

– Dr. William Storrar on leadership during the current normal of the COVID-19 crisis and what he believes is a profound opportunity for leaders to reimagine a post-pandemic future

– Jay Schindler from Miami Valley Leadership Foundation updating us on what is happening in Dayton, OH and how MVLF is responding.

-And an update on the LF COVID-19 Activation Fund and funding opportunity in partnership with Whitworth University

May 6 Town Hall featuring:
– A Funding Opportunity for Local Leadership Foundations in partnership with Whitworth University
– Lisa Lampman and Bianca Singleton updating us on the response from the LF Mentoring network
– Lina Thompson, Senior Pastor at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church

April 29 Town Hall featuring:
– Doug Holladay, Founder & CEO, PathNorth
– Wilna De Beer, Tshwane Leadership Foundation, Pretoria, South Africa
– Leadership Foundations COVID-19 Campaign

April 22 Town Hall featuring:
– Rev. Dr. Terry McGonigal​, Director of the Office of Church Engagement, Whitworth University
– Larry Lloyd, Memphis Leadership Foundation
– Leadership Foundations Impact Analysis Results

April 15 Town Hall featuring:
– Noel Castellanos​, Sr Innovation Fellow​, Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center
– Rudy Carrasco​, Program Director​, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
– Sam Skillern, Salem Leadership Foundation, Salem, OR
– Eric Geary, Lexington Leadership Foundation, Lexington, KY

April 8 Town Hall featuring:
– Dale Irvin, Sr Innovation Fellow​, Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center
– Lisa Slayton, Sr Innovation Fellow, Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center
– Randy White​, The Center for Community Transformation, Fresno, CA

April 1 Town Hall featuring:
– Dan Cardinali, President & CEO, Independent Sector
– June Carrington, Beacons of Hope, New York City, NY
– Abhishek Gier, Catalyst Leadership Foundation, Delhi, India
– Nathaniel Price, Transform Scott County, Georgetown, KY

Child from Lexington
27
Apr

Serving Our City in Crisis

Like so many others, we could have never imagined what the beginning of 2020 would hold for our world and nation. We at Lexington Leadership Foundation (LLF) have been challenged with the question,

“How do we serve our city, while still adhering to the guidelines set in place for our community’s safety?”

What does LLF’s role for the city look like during this time? Our team has been collaborating on the best ways to serve our neighbors. We suspended our regular in-person programming and adjusted our work to address the pressing needs of people in our community and shine Christ’s love and light.
Gathering meals for distribution throughout Lexington
We are working with our partners to serve hundreds of meals to children and families- averaging 136 meals distributed per day, along with a smile and a friendly face. We will continue to do this as long as we are able. Our staff is also checking in on our students, their families, volunteers, and partners to identify their needs and connecting them to resources. A few of our students didn’t have a computer at home, so we helped get them one to ensure the kids could do their schoolwork. One of our bi-lingual team members is taking on the role of Resource Coordinator, working by phone to provide emotional support during an overwhelming time and help families access available resources.
We don’t know how long life will operate like this, but we do know that God is good and in control. In the midst of these uncertain times, we continue to lean into our call to serve Lexington and the people who call it home.
dedicated Lexington Volunteers
Dedicated volunteers of Lexington LF distributing supplies and loving neighbors
27
Apr

An Invitation into the Chaos


How God’s Love Can Be Your Fuel Amidst COVID-19

In this season of spring, many of us are experiencing winter, with very little sight of its end date.  For some of us, it is a season of exhaustion, loss, grief, strain, and chaos. We may be experiencing trauma either first-hand or indirectly. And we may not even know it.  For those experiencing this, the stress hormone, cortisol, can be heightened putting us on “high alert.” We may experience tension and pain in our bodies, our minds may be foggy or moving too fast.  We can become easily triggered and highly reactive.  Sleep may elude us – or maybe consumes us.

What does it look like to depend upon God to lead us during this time of chaotic noise? How do we connect, be quiet. How do we simply be?  As Dave Hillis stated in last month’s Street Lights, the concept of “non-reactive leadership” may hold deep promise in these anxiety-producing times.

But how do we go about it?


When Helping Hurts

When asked by an expert of the law what is the greatest commandment, Jesus answers,

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Mark 12: 28-30
Notice how Jesus identifies the second commandment, loving our neighbor, as an outflowing of loving God—I think this is no accident. Jesus is saying come to me with all you got. Your loving me is the source of loving your neighbor. Your loving me really means surrendering to me – with your body, mind, heart, and spirit. In this time of “winter”, where the needs of those in our communities have escalated, the risk of burnout and unhealth becomes even more of a danger. In normal times and in this time of crisis, it is easy to flip the order of the two commandments. Loving your neighbor becomes all-consuming. And loving God somehow gets lost in the frenzy. But this is not sustainable –personally or organizationally. Along my own journey of working alongside many “street saints” — those who are living out their vocation of loving the most vulnerable in their communities — I’ve seen and experienced plenty of burnout, exhaustion, strained relationships, addiction, self-sabotage, and organizational combustion. I wonder if sometimes this can be a reflection of having lost touch with Jesus’ two intertwined commandments. So what does following the first commandment look like in times like these? How do we surrender all to our creator who asks us to love God with all of ourselves?

“Come to Me, all you who are weary…”

Contemplata is the Latin word “to see”. Contemplative practices are those practices that provide us a way to connect with God with all of ourselves. They are practices that help us surrender all of our pieces and parts to God: 1) grounding our bodies enough to feel and release the tension and trauma we store, 2) quieting our minds enough to stop the constant egoic thoughts, 3) opening our hearts enough to be vulnerable and take down the walls of self-protection, and 4) being able to connect to receive the love, insight, and direction God has for us.

Through this practice of integrating these four elements into our lives, we are invited into a space to be still. To recognize God’s overwhelming grace-filled movement toward us. To be loved by God.

And then, from this place of being, we can move into doing. We can better hear God’s voice, we are integrated and strong for the task, and we can love our neighbor as ourselves.

A Brief Practice


Ground your body

by gently stretching your whole body. Then bring your awareness to any tension you may be holding – especially in your shoulders and hips. Gently move to release that tension.

Quiet your body

by inhaling and exhaling deeply ten times, expanding your belly as you inhale.

Open your heart

by closing your eyes and opening your palms, imagining that you are carrying a particular worry or burden in your hands. Inhale, and as you exhale, imagine letting go of that burden and giving it to God, even just for a moment.

Connect to the Spirit

by taking a scripture verse or a poem, and reading it through four times (as in Lectio Divina style), noticing what word or phrase jumps out at you, what the Holy Spirit may be saying to you, and your prayer or response. For a guided Integrated Pause video session, visit WinnSummitStrategies.com and click on Integrated Pause. On Mondays at 10 am EST, Angie offers a free “Virtual Pause” through zoom, which is a 30-minute integrated practice, especially designed for the “street saints”. You can find the invitation and other resources on the website.

Angie Winn is a member of Leadership Foundations’ Leadership Council and has spent 25 years providing leadership and organizational development to corporate, non-profit, and ministry leaders and teams.

She now leads Winn Summit Strategies and helps integrate contemplative practices for individuals, leaders and organizations, through consulting, coaching, workshops, and retreats.

She also leads yoga and meditation practices locally at her Loft on Main space outside of Orlando, FL.


2018 Annual Report

Your investment in Leadership Foundations in 2018 made a remarkable year possible in our quest to develop and empower the leaders of Leadership Foundations. From launching the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center to strengthening the Global Youth Initiative to creating an online training platform to the continual development of our data collection platform and more, LF worked hard to discover, develop, and empower leaders around the world. Your support provided the opportunity, resources, and energy to keep us in humble service to our plumb line—the leaders of Leadership Foundations.

 

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